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Python Geospatial Development - Second Edition by Erik Westra

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Summary

In this chapter, we have surveyed a number of sources of freely-available geospatial data. We have learned that:

  • OpenStreetMap is a collaborative website where people can create and edit vector maps worldwide.
  • TIGER is a service of the US Geological Survey providing geospatial data on streets, railways, rivers, lakes, geographic boundaries, and legal and statistical entities such as school districts and urban regions.
  • Natural Earth Data is an excellent source for physical and cultural boundaries in vector format, as well as various raster-format visualizations of the Earth.
  • GSHHS is a high-resolution shoreline database containing detailed vector data for shorelines, lakes, and rivers worldwide.
  • The World Borders Dataset is a simple vector data ...

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